Mueller becomes the newest Burnette Shutt & McDaniel partner

A fierce litigator who’s long fought for the rights of South Carolina children and families, family law attorney Amanda “Mandy” Mueller has become Burnette Shutt & McDaniel’s newest partner.

Mueller’s practice covers the full array of modern family law issues. This includes divorce, separation, custody, child support, paternity, protection orders, prenuptial agreements, and more. She has dealt with the complicated nuances of family law cases involving military personnel, including military retirement disbursements. She has represented LGBTQ+ clients in domestic cases, including stepparent adoptions.

Additionally, Mueller frequently serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, representing children’s interests in contested custody and visitation cases.

Before coming to Burnette Shutt & McDaniel in 2020, Mueller worked for a national family-law firm. She helped launch the firm’s Columbia office. She represented clients in a range of family law issues, including cases involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Mueller also managed the office’s cases from start to finish.

Deep courtroom experience

Prior to entering private practice, Mueller was an attorney for the South Carolina Department of Social Services. She appeared in more than 1,000 Family Court hearings and also represented Richland and Kershaw Counties in vulnerable adult and child abuse and neglect cases. She trained others in the protection of children and vulnerable adults, including law enforcement personnel, hospitals, school districts and community organizations.

Mueller graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She’s received additional training at the National Family Law Institute. This included training in techniques the National Institute of Trial Advocates developed to meet the unique needs of family law attorneys. Before earning her Juris Doctor, she worked for over three years as a paralegal.

Mueller is a graduate of the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy and a member of its Children’s Law and Law Related Education sections. She’s taught family law for the Bar’s Law School for Non-Lawyers. She also served as an adjunct professor of Legal Studies at South University’s Columbia Campus.